NEW ORLEANS-Wendell Pierce who starred as Detective Bunk Moreland on the critically acclaimed TV Show, “The Wire” as well as trombone player, Antoine Batiste on the New Orleans based TV show, “Treme” has started a chain of grocery stores in New Orleans.
Pierce has opened a convenience store that serves healthy food in New Orleans and plans to open several other healthy grocery stores in low income neighborhoods that usually have no options for healthy food.
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The New York Times reports:
In intriguing — and intended — ways, his effort to bring more-nutritious fare to an urban food desert parallels the TV series, which charts New Orleans’s struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
“Bringing fresh food into these areas helps create economic growth,” Mr. Pierce said. “But it also helps people understand that there’s value in eating better. It’s not something that’s only available in a better neighborhood.”
But grocery stores have not rebounded in the same way. Before the storm, there were 30 in New Orleans; today, there are 21. Most that have reopened are in wealthier neighborhoods: a Tulane University survey in 2007, the latest data available, found that nearly 60 percent of low-income residents had to travel more than three miles to reach a supermarket, though only 58 percent owned a car.